Leah Levi

Title(s)Emeritus Professor, Neurosciences
SchoolVc-health Sciences-schools
Address9500 Gilman Drive #
La Jolla CA 92093
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    University of Sydney Faculty of Medicine, Sydney, AustraliaMBBS1978Medicine
    Sydney Hospital, Sydney, Australia1981Internship, Junior House Officer
    Tufts-New England Eye Center, Boston, MA1983Pre-Residency Glaucoma Research Fellowship
    Tufts-New England Eye Center, Boston, MA1986Ophthalmology Residency
    Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins Hospital , Baltimore MD1988Neuro-Ophthalmology Fellowship
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    North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society 2022Thomas J. Carlow Distinguished Service Award
    Castle Connolly 2020  - 2023Exceptional Women in Medicine
    US News and World Report/Castle Connelly 2012  - 2023Top Doctor (Ophthalmology)
    San Diego County Medical Society 2020Top Doctor (Ophthalmology)
    American Academy of Ophthalmology2019Secretariat Award
    American Academy of Ophthalmology2018Senior Achievement Award
    San Diego County Medical Society2017  - 2018Top Doctor (Ophthalmology)
    American Academy of Ophthalmology2013Special Recognition Award
    UCSD Department of Ophthalmology2011  - 2012Medical Student Teaching Award
    UCSD Department of Ophthalmology2011  - 2012Resident Teaching Award
    UCSD Department of Neurosciences2010  - 2013Resident Teaching Award
    San Diego County Medical Society2009  - 2014Top Doctor (Ophthalmology)
    American Academy of Ophthalmology2007Achievement Award
    San Diego County Medical Society2006Top Doctor (Ophthalmology)
    American Academy of Ophthalmology2005  - 2006Ophthalmology Leadership Development Program
    UCSD Department of Neurosciences2004  - 2006Resident Teaching Award
    UCSD Department of Ophthalmology2002  - 2003Resident Teaching Award
    UCSD Department of Ophthalmology2001  - 2007Medical Student Teaching Award
    UCSD Department of Ophthalmology1999  - 2000Resident Teaching Award
    UCSD Department of Neurosciences1999  - 2000Resident Teaching Award
    UCSD Department of Ophthalmology1997  - 1998Medical Student Teaching Award
    UCSD Department of Neurosciences1997  - 1998Resident Teaching Award

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    Dr Levi was Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology and Neurosciences at UC San Diego from 1990 until 2013. She had a busy Neuro-Ophthalmology consultation practice and was Chief of the Neuro-Ophthalmology Service. Dr Levi was Ophthalmology Residency Program Director 2003-2012. Her dedication to teaching medical students, as well as Ophthalmology and Neurology residents, led to 16 teaching awards over her career at UCSD. After leaving UCSD in 2013, Dr Levi became Director of Neuro-Ophthalmology at Scripps Clinic, La Jolla, CA, a position she held for 10 years until her retirement in 2023.

    Dr Levi was President of the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society (NANOS 2012-2014) and the California Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons (CAEPS 2015). She represented both NANOS and CAEPS on the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) Council. During her career, Dr Levi was recognized on multiple occasions as a Top Doctor by her peers of the San Diego County Medical Society, as well as by Castle Connolly and US News and World Report.
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    1. Radiation Optic Neuropathy After Whole-Brain Radiation Therapy. J Neuroophthalmol. 2019 09; 39(3):383-387. Ferguson I, Huang J, Levi L, Van Stavern G. PMID: 30801441.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    2. Chemodenervation of extraocular muscles with botulinum toxin in thyroid eye disease. Graefes Arch Clin Exp Ophthalmol. 2016 May; 254(5):999-1003. Granet DB, Hodgson N, Godfrey KJ, Ventura R, Kikkawa DO, Levi L, Kinori M. PMID: 26860528.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    3. Safety, tolerability, and efficacy of PBT2 in Huntington's disease: a phase 2, randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. Lancet Neurol. 2015 Jan; 14(1):39-47. Huntington Study Group Reach2HD Investigators. PMID: 25467848.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 46     Fields:    Translation:HumansCTClinical Trials
    4. Intracranial hypertension in a patient preparing for gestational surrogacy with leuprolide acetate and estrogen. J Neuroophthalmol. 2013 Sep; 33(3):310-1. Alexander J, Levi L. PMID: 23612241.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    5. Reduction of orbital inflammation following decompression for thyroid-related orbitopathy. Biomed Res Int. 2013; 2013:794984. Oh SR, Tung JD, Priel A, Levi L, Granet DB, Korn BS, Kikkawa DO. PMID: 23853771; PMCID: PMC3703426.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 8     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    6. A multicenter analysis of the ophthalmic knowledge assessment program and American Board of Ophthalmology written qualifying examination performance. Ophthalmology. 2012 Oct; 119(10):1949-53. Lee AG, Oetting TA, Blomquist PH, Bradford G, Culican SM, Kloek C, Krishnan C, Lauer AK, Levi L, Naseri A, Rubin SE, Scott IU, Tao J, Tuli S, Wright MM, Wudunn D, Zimmerman MB. PMID: 22841987.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 7     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    7. The delayed cost of treatment. Surv Ophthalmol. 2013 Jul-Aug; 58(4):370-6. Whipple KM, Levi L, Lee MS. PMID: 22784679.
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    8. Eye closure and oculopalatal tremor. Neurology. 2011 Nov 22; 77(21):1929. Lopez JL, Zee DS, Levi L. PMID: 22105949.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    9. Rituximab for thyroid eye disease. Ophthalmology. 2011 Apr; 118(4):792; author reply 792-3. Oh SR, Priel A, Levi L, Granet DB, Korn BS, Kikkawa DO. PMID: 21459230.
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    10. Radiographic analysis of extraocular muscle volumetric changes in thyroid-related orbitopathy following orbital decompression. Ophthalmic Plast Reconstr Surg. 2010 Jan-Feb; 26(1):1-6. Hu WD, Annunziata CC, Chokthaweesak W, Korn BS, Levi L, Granet DB, Kikkawa DO. PMID: 20090474.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 7     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    11. Combined eyelid and strabismus surgery: examining conventional surgical wisdom. J Pediatr Ophthalmol Strabismus. 2008 Jul-Aug; 45(4):220-4; quiz 225-6. McCracken MS, del Prado JD, Granet DB, Levi L, Kikkawa DO. PMID: 18705619.
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    12. Effect on intraocular pressure of extraocular muscle surgery for thyroid-associated ophthalmopathy. Am J Ophthalmol. 2007 Nov; 144(5):654-657. Gomi CF, Yates B, Kikkawa DO, Levi L, Weinreb RN, Granet DB. PMID: 17870046.
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    13. Optic disc melanocytoma and glaucoma. Semin Ophthalmol. 2007 Jul-Sep; 22(3):147-50. Rai S, Medeiros FA, Levi L, Weinreb RN. PMID: 17763234.
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    14. Change in proptosis following extraocular muscle surgery: effects of muscle recession in thyroid-associated orbitopathy. J AAPOS. 2007 Aug; 11(4):377-80. Gomi CF, Yang SW, Granet DB, Kikkawa DO, Langham KA, Banuelos LR, Levi L. PMID: 17409001.
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    15. Optic neuropathy associated with botulinum A toxin in thyroid-related orbitopathy. Ophthalmic Plast Reconstr Surg. 2007 Mar-Apr; 23(2):109-14. Korn BS, Seo SW, Levi L, Granet DB, Kikkawa DO. PMID: 17413623.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 5     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    16. Radiation retinopathy after therapy for meningioma. Ophthalmology. 2005 Aug; 112(8):1484. Levi L. PMID: 16080233.
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    17. Psychological disturbance in graves ophthalmopathy. Arch Ophthalmol. 2005 Apr; 123(4):491-6. Farid M, Roch-Levecq AC, Levi L, Brody BL, Granet DB, Kikkawa DO. PMID: 15824222.
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    18. Radiation retinopathy after therapy for meningioma. Ophthalmology. 2004 Oct; 111(10):1943. Levi L. PMID: 15465564.
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    19. When the darker eye has the smaller pupil. J AAPOS. 2003 Jun; 7(3):215-6. Wallis DH, Granet DB, Levi L. PMID: 12825064.
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    20. Botulinum A toxin injection for restrictive myopathy of thyroid-related orbitopathy: effects on intraocular pressure. Am J Ophthalmol. 2003 Apr; 135(4):427-31. Kikkawa DO, Cruz RC, Christian WK, Rikkers S, Weinreb RN, Levi L, Granet DB. PMID: 12654356.
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    21. Effect of light on agitation in institutionalized patients with severe Alzheimer disease. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2003 Mar-Apr; 11(2):194-203. Ancoli-Israel S, Martin JL, Gehrman P, Shochat T, Corey-Bloom J, Marler M, Nolan S, Levi L. PMID: 12611749.
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    22. Increased light exposure consolidates sleep and strengthens circadian rhythms in severe Alzheimer's disease patients. Behav Sleep Med. 2003; 1(1):22-36. Ancoli-Israel S, Gehrman P, Martin JL, Shochat T, Marler M, Corey-Bloom J, Levi L. PMID: 15600135.
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    23. Graded orbital decompression based on severity of proptosis. Ophthalmology. 2002 Jul; 109(7):1219-24. Kikkawa DO, Pornpanich K, Cruz RC, Levi L, Granet DB. PMID: 12093642.
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    24. Optic disk edema associated with peripapillary serous retinal detachment: an early sign of systemic Bartonella henselae infection. Am J Ophthalmol. 2000 Sep; 130(3):327-34. Wade NK, Levi L, Jones MR, Bhisitkul R, Fine L, Cunningham ET. PMID: 11020412.
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    25. Systemic toxicity of topical and periocular corticosteroid therapy in an 11-year-old male with posterior uveitis. Am J Ophthalmol. 2000 Aug; 130(2):240-1. Ozerdem U, Levi L, Cheng L, Song MK, Scher C, Freeman WR. PMID: 11004305.
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    26. Unusual ocular motility disturbances with increased intracranial pressure. Neurology. 1998 Jun; 50(6):1893-6. Friedman DI, Forman S, Levi L, Lavin PJ, Donahue S. PMID: 9633755.
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    27. Severe vision loss and neovascular glaucoma complicating superior ophthalmic vein approach to carotid-cavernous sinus fistula. Am J Ophthalmol. 1997 Dec; 124(6):853-5. Gupta N, Kikkawa DO, Levi L, Weinreb RN. PMID: 9402840.
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    28. Optic neuropathy preceding acute retinal necrosis in acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. Arch Ophthalmol. 1996 Dec; 114(12):1481-5. Friedlander SM, Rahhal FM, Ericson L, Arevalo JF, Hughes JD, Levi L, Wiley CA, Graham EM, Freeman WR, Arrevalo JF. PMID: 8953979.
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    29. Optic neuritis treatment trial. J Neuroophthalmol. 1995 Dec; 15(4):261-2; author reply 262-3. Levi L. PMID: 8748563.
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    30. Effects of stimulus velocity and acceleration on smooth pursuit in motor neuron disease. J Neurol. 1995 Jul; 242(7):419-24. Abel LA, Williams IM, Gibson KL, Levi L. PMID: 7595671.
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    31. Slavin's Prism Dissociation test. J Neuroophthalmol. 1994 Sep; 14(3):188. Levi L. PMID: 7804425.
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    32. Monocular double vision in strabismus. Neuroreport. 1994 Jul 21; 5(12):1418. Ramachandran VS, Cobb S, Levi L. PMID: 7948826.
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    33. The neural locus of binocular rivalry and monocular diplopia in intermittent exotropes. Neuroreport. 1994 May 09; 5(9):1141-4. Ramachandran VS, Cobb S, Levi L. PMID: 8080975.
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    34. A masked prospective evaluation of outcome parameters for cytomegalovirus-related retinal detachment surgery in patients with acquired immune deficiency syndrome. Ophthalmology. 1994 Jan; 101(1):46-55. Kuppermann BD, Flores-Aguilar M, Quiceno JI, Capparelli EV, Levi L, Munguia D, Freeman WR. PMID: 8302563.
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    35. Use of the potential acuity meter in suspected functional visual loss. Am J Ophthalmol. 1992 Oct 15; 114(4):502-3. Levi L, Feldman RM. PMID: 1415464.
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    36. Intermittent oscillopsia in a case of congenital nystagmus. Dependence upon waveform. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 1991 Nov; 32(12):3104-8. Abel LA, Williams IM, Levi L. PMID: 1938285.
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    37. Visual illusions associated with previous drug abuse. J Clin Neuroophthalmol. 1990 Jun; 10(2):103-10. Levi L, Miller NR. PMID: 2141849.
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    38. Neurological aspects of vergence eye movements. Rev Neurol (Paris). 1989; 145(8-9):613-20. Zee DS, Levi L. PMID: 2682935.
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    39. Decrease of ocular pressure with oral metyrapone. A double-masked crossover trial. Arch Ophthalmol. 1987 Jun; 105(6):777-81. Levi L, Schwartz B. PMID: 3034221.
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    40. Glaucoma screening in the health care setting. Surv Ophthalmol. 1983 Nov-Dec; 28(3):164-74. Levi L, Schwartz B. PMID: 6670063.
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